The largest non-capital in the Nordics, Gothenburg is a university town booming with culture, a high-tech research hub and an advocate of sustainability. Known for its friendly locals, the mixture of the charming atmosphere with the breeze of the sea makes this city a favourite.
Founded by King Gustav II Adolf in the 17th century, Gothenburg developed into an important commercial fishing hub. Its significance increased due to the Swedish East India Company. Exports of iron and wood and the tobacco and sugar industry were among the main sectors which gave the city big profits.
Cafe Husaren,Haga Nygata | Image by heatheronhertravels from flickr
This city is best explored on foot. Take in the atmospheric experience provided by the cobbled streets lined with independent shops and cafés. Explore Haga, a vibrant neighborhood which was Gothenburg’s first suburb when it was originally planned in the 17th century. Take the opportunity to stop for a Fika, at the classic Café Husaren on Haga Nygata, which is an ancient and popular custom of enjoying a coffee and a snack with friends.
Gothenburg has one of the world’s most buoyant scenes. Hosting numerous breweries, GBG Beer Week, world’s biggest beer and whisky festivals take place here every spring. Dating back to the mid-17th century, Poppels brewery was one of the first breweries opened on the city’s shores. Don’t forget to enjoy a pint of beer at Dugges, the city’s first micro-brewery.
Made up of over 8,000 islands, islets and skerries, the gorgeous Bohuslän archipelago provides the perfect opportunity to spend a day in the most idyllic manner. The lobsters found here are considered to be the best in the world. Have a small and cozy picnic at the cliffs of these rocky islands or go on long bike rides and scenic walks while admiring this haven.
A gastronomical heaven, Gothenburg is a popular foodie destination complete with fresh seafood harvested from the nearby sea and land. Make sure you visit the fish market Feskekörka for the most diverse collection of fish and seafood in the country.
You are guaranteed a varied adventure full with lively city life, all within the magic of nature and sea.